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A Wreath of Christmas Miscellany
"With the season fast approaching, I thought it might be fun to create a Christmas-centred quiz. My source is 'The Centenary Edition of Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable'."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Everyone knows that December 25 is Christmas Day, but do you know why?
That's the date Jesus was born.
That's when the Angel Gabriel said it would be.
That's the date of the Census in Bethlehem.
That's the date the Church decided on.
If you're like me, you've quit sending Christmas cards. I was always positive I'd left somebody off the list, so now I send e mails instead - and save a bundle on postage. Call me Scrooge! Who started this dreaded ritual, anyway?
The U.S. Postal Service.
W.C.T. Dobson, R.A.
The British Association of Stationers.
Who introduced into England the custom of setting up and decorating a Christmas tree?
William the Conqueror, in 1066.
The British Fir Tree Association.
Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria.
December 26 is known as Boxing Day in the U.K. and throughout the British Commonwealth. Which of the following is a possible explanation for the name?
The children throw their old toys out and put their new toys into their toy boxes.
Fathers took their sons to boxing matches on the day following Christmas Day.
From 'dole boxes' placed in churches.
All the Christmas decorations are taken down and put away in boxes.
We all love to sing carols at Christmas time. Do you know who produced the first printed collection of Christmas Carols?
King Henry VIII
Wynkyn de Worde
Johann Sebastian Bach
Wenceslas : did he actually exist?
Who started the custom of kissing under the mistletoe?
Ugly women who never got kissed any other time of year
Those amorous Englishmen!
If you've ever been to England at Christmas time, you'll know that this is a popular British institution, especially for children.
Punch and Judy show.
Decorating graves for Christmas, to honour dead relatives.
Gathering on the Village Green to "sing in Christmas".
It wouldn't be Christmas (for the children, anyway) without a visit from Santa, now would it? Who wrote the Christmas classic 'A Visit from St. Nicholas'?
Clement Clark Moore
Dylan Thomas wrote a Christmas classic. What is its title?
The Little Drummer Boy
The Littlest Shepherd
A Child's Christmas in Wales
Deck the Halls
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Compiled Oct 24 12